How many of us have found ourselves caught up in Christmas shopping and decorating that we forget the reason for the season? I’ll be the first one to say that I have. I had to be reminded of the reason for the season by a complete stranger while out Christmas shopping with Scarlett. I was given the book The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren. The older gentleman encouraged me to make sure I took the time to read the book with all the children in my house.
After reading the book I spoke with my nephew and asked him the purpose of this season and why this time of year is significant. His response, “To get gifts and because it snows.” I have to admit I was a bit disheartening by his response. Had we as a family been so caught up in the Holiday madness that we hadn’t stress the importance of the season.
I had to explain to him that Jesus is the reason for the season and I made sure I took the time to read the book with him. I’d like to encourage everyone to remember why this time of year is significant. Don’t get so caught up in the madness that we don’t teach our kids the importance of giving to others, our communities, and most importantly giving our hearts and minds to God.
With Love Amanda